Galway, Ireland, Feb 14, 2018 / 15:02 pm
Human life "from its tiniest origins" must be protected, Bishop Brendan Kelly of Galway and Kilmacduagh said at his installation Mass on Sunday.
The Feb. 11 Mass, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, was attended by more than 2,000.
Kelly used part of his address to the full cathedral to issue a strong call to protect the unborn, ahead of an abortion referendum that will take place in the Republic of Ireland by the end of May.
The referendum will decide whether to repeal the constitutional amendment that bans abortion in Ireland, known as the Eighth Amendment. The amendment was passed by a referendum vote in 1983, when nearly 67 percent of Irish voters approved it.